The Navigator (University Housing Resident Handbook)
Welcome to Lake Superior State University and University Housing! You have chosen the best way to get the full LSSU experience: by living on campus! You will be part of a community that will help you with your pursuit of your educational goals and grow as a person with the support and services that you receive by being part of the LSSU community.
You will have more opportunities to engage with other students, connect with the faculty and administration and get involved in LSSU’s many activities. You will form lifelong friendships and acquire certain life skills, such as how to get along despite differences, how to hear and respect the opinions of others, and how to give and receive support.
No matter where you live, your Resident Advisor (RA) or Resident Success Coach (RSC) can help you transition to and enjoy life on campus. The Campus Life and Housing staff seeks to provide an environment conducive to community living while recognizing the rights and responsibilities of each individual. The diversity of other’s backgrounds will require the need for patience, communication, and understanding.
The Navigator handbook is designed to assist you with the on-campus living experience. Please familiarize yourself with that information, and contact us if you have further questions.
We sincerely hope that your stay on campus is a pleasant and memorable experience. Our staff will do everything possible to ensure that your time at LSSU will be exceptional.
Sharmay Wood, Director
Campus Life & Laker Success
Lake Superior State University
The LSSU On-Campus Resident Handbook and Residence Hall/Dining Service Contract will constitute the Lake Superior State University Housing Contract. This agreement legally binds both parties when the Residence Hall/Dining Service Contract is received and accepted by Campus Life and Housing and/or when the resident takes occupancy.
To request special accommodations, in addition to filling out the housing application, it is required that you register with the LSSU Office of Accessibility Services. The coordinator of the Accessibility Services will verify your disability and advise housing staff of appropriate accommodation. Housing staff will facilitate the housing accommodation based on application date and availability. Questions about accessible student housing may be directed to Sharmay Wood, Director of Campus Life and Laker Success.
Housing Facilities and Policies
The University will make all residence hall assignments and will make adjustments as necessary. Your preferences are considered according to the date the University receives your housing application and your first room and board payment. First-year students and sophomores will be given priority in residence hall assignments (for this purpose only, your high school graduation date will determine your class standing).
- Brady Hall – all-male hall with one, two and four-person rooms. Preference is given to students who are out of high school for less than 15 months. Upper-class males may apply. Brady Hall is an alcohol-free building.
- Osborn Hall – all female hall with two-person rooms on the large side of the building, the small side is co-ed by floor. Preference is given to students who are out of high school for less than 15 months. Upper-class students may apply. Osborn Hall is an alcohol-free building.
- The Village – suite-style units for up to eight people of the same gender. All genders may live in the Village. Preference is given to students who are out of high school for more than 15 months and less than 27 months. Upper-class students may apply. The Village has a coed by room tower available. The Village is an alcohol-free building.
- Townhouses – two bedroom houses for up to four people of the same gender and are for students who are out of high school for more than 27 months.
- Row Houses – Ontario Hall, Laker Hall, Chippewa House, Easterday House and Erie Hall, primarily house LSSU’s living-learning communities. The Row Houses are co-ed by side of building with the exception of Laker Hall, which is coed by room.
- Neveu Hall – one-bedroom apartments that house two people of the same gender. Students who are out of high school for more than 27 months live in Neveu Hall.
- Moloney Hall – one, two, and three bedroom apartments that house two people of the same gender per bedroom. Students who are out of high school for more than 27 months live in Moloney Hall.
The University reserves the right to determine how many residents will be assigned to any housing unit. There may also be occasions in which the University is required to move residents and this right is reserved. Your first room and board payment is due by June 1st. Your first room and board payment must be paid before a room will be assigned to you.
Room costs vary by housing area. For a complete list of rates, visit lssu.edu/housing.
Lake Superior State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all of its operations and facilities.
To request special accommodations, in addition to filling out the housing application, it is required that you register with the LSSU Office of Accessibility Services. The coordinator of Accessibility Services will verify your disability and advise housing staff of appropriate accommodations. Housing staff will facilitate the housing accommodation based on application date and availability. Questions about accessible student housing may be directed to the Director of Campus Life and Laker Success.
Consolidation and Reassignment
There are several reasons why the University may be required to consolidate rooms at any time throughout the year. These reasons may include, but are not limited to: space needed to house additional students, accommodate requests for private rooms/apartments, solve problems, or better utilize the facilities.
If you are in a room that is being consolidated, you have the following options:
- You may request a private room if space is available. This will require that you pay the private room charge on a prorated basis. If you choose this option in the fall and the University does not project a need for the room in the spring, you may keep the private room for the spring semester by paying the private room rate.
- You may move in with another student, as long as space is available and you are eligible to live in the new room.
- You may find a new roommate as long as the roommate is eligible to live in your housing area.
- You may remain in the room on regular room charges and keep the room ready for a new roommate. The Campus Life and Housing Office may move another student into the room at any time, although we will try to give you as much advance notice as possible. In urgent situations, changes may be sudden.
If you do not choose an option on your own, the Campus Life and Housing Office will choose one that best fits the needs of the University.
We regret any inconveniences that consolidation may cause and are willing to help in any way that we can. The Campus Life and Housing Office must reserve the right to change room assignments, require a student to move to a different room or to assign or reassign rooms in any way that will best utilize the facilities available.
Housing Applications and Contracts
Housing Applications and Contracts
To live on campus, fill out and sign an application for University Housing. An assignment will be made after the first room and board payment is received. Meal plans are selected on the Residence Hall/Dining Services Contract. Signed contracts are required before moving into the unit. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian’s signature is required. Housing contracts are for a full academic year or the balance of the year if a student moves in at a time other than the start of school. The Director of Campus Life and Laker Success may make arrangements for a partial year contract.
There are three exceptions to this policy. These apply to students who are withdrawing from school (except for disciplinary reasons), graduating, or for students who are exempted by the Director of Campus Life and Laker Success for financial or medical reasons.
On-Campus Residency Guidelines
If you are a full-time student within 27 calendar months of the date of your high school graduation, the University requires that you live on campus. For these purposes, “full-time” means enrolled for 12 or more credit hours and all graduation dates will be assumed to be June 1st of any given year. The following are exceptions to this policy:
- If you live with your parent/guardian within a 60-mile or three-county (Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac) radius of the campus;
- If residence hall space is filled; or,
- If you have an unusual financial or health problem and are excused from living on campus by the Director of Campus Life and Laker Success.
To claim any of these exceptions, you need to get an exemption application from the Campus Life and Housing Office and receive permission from the Director of Campus Life and Laker Success, in order to live off campus. The University also recognizes the occasional need for other exceptions to its residency requirements. Requests for these exceptions will be considered by the Dean of Student Affairs.
The Director of Campus Life and Laker Success has the responsibility for any removals from housing that may be necessary for disciplinary reasons. The Dean of Student Affairs is the officer of appeal for these decisions. If a student is removed from the residence hall while under the on-campus residency requirements, she or he may continue classes on a part-time status only. The Director of Campus Life and Laker Success may terminate housing privileges for students who fail to maintain a current status on their room and board accounts. Appeals for this type of action will be heard by the Dean of Student Affairs.
Should the student decide to break the housing contract at the end of Fall semester and move out of the residence halls (and is eligible to) but remain in school for the spring semester, The student will be charged a $750.00 early termination fee. This charge is reduced to $500.00 if a two-week notice is given and the student is properly checked out of my unit. This fee does not apply if the student is graduating.
If the student breaks the contract during the semester, a proration is followed based on the time in housing. Contact the Campus Life and Housing Office for the current semester refund dates and percentages.
Room and Board Payment
Room and Board Payment
Room and board is payable by semester. All payments are handled by the Student Service Counter located in the Fletcher Center. If you need a different payment schedule, please contact the Business Office at x2276. The first room and board payment, due by June 1st, should still be sent directly to the Campus Life and Housing Office located in Cisler 125 or paid online using the Bill and Payment Suite (under the Deposits tab) in Anchor Access to ensure early room assignment.
Your Room and Board Dollar: The state of Michigan does not appropriate tax dollars for University housing or food service facilities. Funds to build the halls and purchase the equipment and furnishings were raised by the sale of bonds. Payment, plus interest, must be made on a regular basis, similar to a home mortgage. These payments are made from room and board revenue and other generated incomes, such as snack bars, guest rentals, guest meal tickets, banquets, etc. Every possible effort is made to offer the most in service at the lowest cost.
Board Plan Changes: Campus Life and Housing requests that if you wish to change your board contract, you do it before the beginning of the semester. However, board changes are allowed once per semester within the first two weeks (additional fees may apply). You can change your board contract by filling out a Contract Change Form at the ID office (located in the upstairs of the Walker Cisler Center).
Delinquent Accounts: If room and board charges or fees are not paid by the date scheduled, all meal privileges will be suspended on the seventh (7th) day of the delinquency. There will be no refund for any meals missed because of such a suspension. If on the tenth (10th) day after the scheduled date of payment, payment continues to be delinquent, the room and board contract will be considered canceled and the student will be evicted from his or her residence hall. Any court costs or attorney fees assessed in the process of collecting delinquent accounts or eviction will be charged to the student.
If you have special circumstances that affect your ability to meet contractual and lease obligations, you need to make arrangements prior to the payment date with the Campus Life and Housing Office.
Holiday Periods and Breaks
Holiday Periods and Breaks
Semester and Spring Breaks: All University Housing is closed Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 10:00 am for Semester break and will re-open Friday, January 15, 2020, at noon. During these times, take any personal items you’ll want during break with you when you leave as residents are not permitted in residence halls for any reason.
All on-campus housing will be closed during breaks. Exceptions will be made in the townhouses and apartments only if demand warrants keeping a unit or building open. This will be determined by the Director of Campus Life and Laker Success. A nightly charge may apply.
You are responsible for the general orderliness and cleanliness of your living space. The following are cleaning guidelines designed to ensure that the residence halls are safe and healthy for everyone:
- Remove all garbage from all living areas (bedrooms, bathrooms and living room areas).
- Recycle all empty beverage containers, cardboard boxes, etc.
- Sweep and/or vacuum floors and carpets. Remove all scuff marks.
- Wash dirty dishes and cooking appliances on a regular basis.
- Thoroughly clean in and around toilets, sinks, shower areas and mirrors in areas not supported by custodial.
- Clean the outside as well as the inside area of the stove/oven and refrigerator. Be very careful when defrosting these units as any damage resulting from carelessness or negligence will be charged to the residents of the housing unit. The University accepts no responsibility for lost food should refrigerators or freezers get unplugged.
Safety and cleanliness in the residence halls are further ensured by periodic Health and Safety room inspections. During these inspections, all maintenance and housekeeping deficiencies will be noted and charges, if applicable, will be assessed.
Laundry rooms are located in specific areas for each residence hall and are for the exclusive use of current students on room and board contracts. Please do not attempt to wash large items such as sleeping bags and comforters or overload the washers and/or dryers. Shoes, items containing rubber and/or plastic, or combustibles of any kind should not be cleaned in university washers or dryers. The University is not responsible for damage to your personal belongings in the use of the laundry equipment or when it is left unattended in the laundry facilities. Students may be charged fines if damage is done to the equipment. Your room key will also unlock the laundry room door.
Please report any problems with the laundry equipment or in the laundry room to the Campus Life and Housing Office at x2411 or by email .
Trash Disposal and Recycling
Garbage bags are available free of charge to campus residents from the Campus Life and Housing Office. Students are expected to package all garbage and trash in plastic bags, tie securely and place inside dumpsters supplied for this purpose. It is the responsibility of the student to dispose of all garbage and recycling, including empty cardboard boxes, to the dumpsters or recycling areas. Garbage is not to be left in lobbies, common areas, porches, laundry rooms, hallways, community area garbage cans, etc. for any length of time. Offenders of this policy will be assessed a minimum $50 fine.
Students are encouraged to recycle when possible. Please note that some housing areas offer recycling pickup. Contact your Resident Advisor (RA) for more information.
Insurance and Liability
Insurance and Liability
Health Insurance: – You may still be covered on your parents’ insurance policies. If not, a health and accident policy is available through the Health Care Center, x2110.
Personal Property and Liability – All personal property brought to Lake Superior State University is at the resident’s risk. Residents are advised to secure their own property protection through renters or homeowners insurance.
Lake Superior State University is not liable for any unforeseen occurrences or acts of negligence by residents, guests, or other persons. This includes damage or loss of property, injury to others, or inconvenience to residents, guests, or other persons.
Cable TV, Internet and Telephone Services
Cable TV/Digital HD
Digital cable TV is provided in University housing units by Charter Communications. Only TVs with a Digital QAM tuner (aka “Digital Tuner”) in them will be able to receive a signal. A digital tuner allows your TV to receive the Digital or HD cable channels that Charter uses. If a TV does not have a digital tuner, an error message will appear and you will not have cable service.
See www.lssu.edu/housing/frequently-asked-questions/ for the complete channel listings.
Internet connection is available in all residential rooms and connected via Ethernet and/or wirelessly. Ethernet connectivity requires an Ethernet card for your computer. The Campus Life and Housing Office does not provide Ethernet cards or cords. Please see lssu.edu/information-technology-department/ or the LSSU IT Help Desk located in the Library for more information or assistance. No personal wireless routers are allowed in residence halls.
Local calls: dial 9 and then the number you are calling.
If you are interested in using your landline, please contact the Information Technology office at x6677.
Mail Services and Keys
When you check in, you will be issued a room key and entrance and/or mail keys, if applicable. The key(s) for residents of Brady Hall, Osborn Hall, The Village will open main lobby entrances and your assigned room. You are urged to be extremely careful in safeguarding your key and to carry it at all times. Your key is for your protection; it should not be given to anyone who is not assigned to the room and it is a violation of University regulations to duplicate a room or apartment key(s). You should always keep your door locked when you are away from your room and when retiring in the evening. You are responsible for your key(s) at all times.
Lost keys must be reported to the Campus Life and Housing Office. When a key is lost, the lock will be changed on the door and mailbox and new keys will be issued. If you lose a key, an $100 minimum per room key core and a $50 minimum per mailbox core will be charged to cover the cost of replacing the lock core and keys. Please note: You are required to report all lost keys to the Campus Life and Housing Office immediately for safety and replacement purposes.
If you are locked out of your unit/building for any reason, you may not have immediate access to your housing unit. A Resident Advisor, Residence Hall Coordinator or Public Safety can be contacted to unlock your door for you with appropriate identification. During night hours, please contact Public Safety as the RA/RHC on call may not have the key to your area.
Mail Service & Addresses
Your mail will be delivered to your residence hall once a day, Monday through Saturday. Packages can be picked up in Campus Life and Housing during open hours. Specific instructions for mailboxes in each building are available at the Campus Life and Housing Office. Campus Life and Housing will forward U.S. mail for students who are no longer in residence on campus for up to one year. Change your address through your My.LSSU prior to leaving campus. First class mail will be forwarded for a period of one year. Newspapers will only be forwarded for a short period of time, so if you want to continue to receive them, change your address with the publisher at least four weeks before leaving the halls.
Please address your mail/packages using the following template:
- Student Name
- Building Name and Room Number
- 680 W. Easterday Avenue
- Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Any mail/packages sent to 650 W. Easterday Ave. will be sent to the University loading dock and may delay delivery.
If you experience or observe a maintenance problem (i.e., something broken, heating problems, water leak, etc.), please report the problem to a Resident Advisor, Residence Hall Coordinator, or Campus Life and Housing at x2411. If it is an emergency and Campus Life and Housing is closed, call Public Safety at x2100.
While attending a residence community event, your image, likeness and/or voice may be recorded for future use on a Campus Life and Housing media platform.
Room Check-in/Check-out and Room Change Procedure
Room Check-in and Check-out Procedure
Check-In – You can begin the check-in procedure by picking up your check-in packet at the designated check-in site, located in the Walker Cisler Center.
As a courtesy, a Campus Life and Housing staff member will fill out a Room Inventory Form. You should check this form over very carefully before you sign it. It is your responsibility to record any possible damages the Campus Life and Housing staff may have missed. These sheets record the exact condition of the room when you move in. You will only be held responsible for any damages that occur to the room after you move into it. At the beginning of the semester, the Resident Advisor (RA) will return the sheet to the Campus Life and Housing Office. It is your responsibility to have your room inventory sheets returned to your RA within the first 24 hours of occupying your room. The information on the sheet must be confirmed by your RA with their signature or initials. Failure to complete the Room Inventory Form within the 24 hours will result in an improper check-in fee of $50. By failing to turn in the check-in forms you accept the condition of the room as completed by the Campus Life and Housing Office staff member.
Check-Out – It is very important that you complete the checkout procedure below when you are leaving the residence halls. If you do not, the Campus Life and Housing Office cannot refund your damage deposit or any prorated room and board, and you will continue to be charged room and board until your checkout is completed. Students will be charged $50 for improper checkout. By failing to turn in the check-in forms you accept the condition of the room as completed by the Campus Life and Housing Office staff member. Note: Information on checkout will be sent out prior to checkout.
Here are the steps that you need to follow in order to check out properly.
- Fill out Intent to Leave Form in the Campus Life and Housing Office (only if moving off prior to the end of the academic year). If you are moving off campus, be sure the form is received by the Campus Life and Housing Office at least two charge/service weeks before your departure date to reduce your early termination fee to $500. You must be eligible to move off campus.
- Take all of your personal belongings out of the room. Anything that you leave in the room after your official date of occupancy will be considered abandoned and will be disposed of.
- If any claimed damages fill out the Damage Responsibility Form with roommates, noting any changes to the information. Be sure to leave the room in good condition. Have the RA or RHC sign the Damage Responsibility Form.
- Change your forwarding address on your Anchor Access account, return your room/mail keys to the Campus Life and Housing Office.
- Go to the Student Service Counter located in the Fletcher Center and change your parking permit.
- If you are withdrawing from the University, complete all necessary procedures before your departure at the Registrar’s Office (and Financial Aid, if needed).
If you are leaving at the end of the academic year, you only need to complete steps 2-4.
Room Change Policy
Campus Life and Housing believe that part of the college experience includes living in a community with people of various backgrounds and interests. Our goal is that all students will learn and grow from the experience of living with people different from themselves. The Campus Life and Housing Office request that all residents give their roommate assignments a chance and to please follow the procedures and protocol below when dealing with roommate challenges and concerns and to keep in mind that a roommate change should not be the first consideration when issues arise.
- Discuss/communicate in a calm matter what your concern is with your roommate(s).
- Revisit your roommate agreement with your roommate(s).
- Contact your Resident Advisor for advice or assistance. RAs are trained in conflict management and can facilitate a meditation if necessary.
- Contact your Residence Hall Coordinator for further assistance and to discuss further action.
- The Residence Hall Coordinator may approve a room change, if necessary when conditions allow.
If you have any further questions please contact Campus Life and Housing Life at x2411.
Protocol – There are two periods of time during which you can request to change your room assignment. Room changes will be considered starting the third week of the semester until three weeks prior to the end of the semester. Room changes will only be considered at other times in the semester for extraordinary reasons. We need to know where all resident students are living at all times, so no moves are to be made until the Campus Life and Housing Office has approved the room change. A room change not approved by the Campus Life and Housing Office (improper room change) will result in a fee of $100. If you want to change your room, you need to follow these procedures:
- Obtain a Room Change Request Form from the Campus Life and Housing Office.
- Complete the form with the required information, you will need to set up a meeting with your Residence Hall Coordinator to complete the required form.
- Obtain the necessary signatures on the form.
- Return the completed form to the Residence Hall Coordinator for approval.
- If approved, you will be given Room Inventory Sheets for both your old and new rooms. You then need to officially check out of your old room and check into your new room with the help of your RA.
- Return the new Room Inventory Sheet to the Campus Life and Housing Office within two (2) business days after you receive approval to move. You will then be issued a key. Room Inventory Sheets must be turned in a timely manner or it will result in a $50 fee.
- Return old room key to the Campus Life and Housing Office within 72 hours. Room changes will only be processed Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays unless classified as an emergency.
Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, closet/wardrobe, dresser space, and blinds or curtains. You are responsible for your furnishings while you occupy your room, and will be held accountable for anything that is missing or damaged (beyond normal wear and tear) when you move out. University furniture shall not be removed from its assigned housing unit at any time. In addition, University and or personal furniture will not be allowed outside at any time under any circumstances. You are responsible for your own bedding, including pillows and blankets. Beds in the living units are extra-long twin (80”).
The following are not allowed: wood structures for reasons of fire safety, alterations to University furniture and equipment, lofts, stacking beds three high, satellite dishes, and outside radio & television antennas.
Due to safety, fire, and liability concerns, lofts are not allowed.
We encourage you to add personal touches to your room, but we do ask that you keep in mind good taste, safety, and the rights and sensibilities of other residents. Each student is responsible for the condition of the furniture, walls, windows and floors in the assigned room. Nails, hooks, tacks and tape can all mark or damage walls or furniture; therefore, none of these are allowed. However, blue painters tape and 3M poster strips (if used properly) are alternatives to scotch or duct tape as it will not damage walls or doors. We also ask that you use common sense in hanging pictures in order to avoid wall damage. You can be charged for any damage that you cause in your room. Decorations on or blocking windows are not permitted.
The use of water furniture such as waterbeds and fish tanks over 30 gallons is not allowed due to the damage potential involved. Barn wood, paneling, live Christmas trees, halogen lamps and other flammable materials are not permitted because they are fire hazards. Alcohol bottles and cans cannot be used as a form of decoration in University housing and will be confiscated if found in the rooms. A more complete list is located under Electrical Appliances or by contacting the Campus Life and Housing Office.
The electrical system is not designed to carry heavy loads of electrical equipment. The following electrical appliances are not permitted in LSSU housing unless already provided:
- Hot plates
- George Foreman grills
- Electric frying pans
- Air conditioners
- Sun lamps
- Halogen lamps
- Lamps with plastic shades
- Induction Cooktops
- Major appliances
- Mini fridge over 5.0 cubic feet, over 37 inches high and draws over 3 amps of power.
- Toasters and space heaters cannot be used in residence halls for electrical and safety reasons. All lights and appliances must be UL approved for indoor use.
- Any appliance with exposed heating elements.
You can direct any questions you have about whether an appliance is appropriate to the Campus Life and Housing Office. A safe strip with surge protection is recommended if additional plugins are needed. Extension cords and multiple outlet adapters can be dangerous and cannot be used in the residence halls. A surge protector is recommended if you will have a computer in your room.
You are welcome to have a small refrigerator in your room that does not exceed 5.0 cubic feet in size, draw over three amps of power or exceed 37 inches in height. All cords and appliances must have Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approval. All refrigerators must be removed from rooms and/or apartments at the end of the academic year.
Please defrost and unplug any refrigerators and dispose of all refrigerated food before leaving for breaks. The University assumes no responsibility for small refrigerators and/or their contents during breaks. We recommend emptying your refrigerator during semester breaks. Any types of freezers, regardless of size, are not allowed in any University housing.
Satellites are not allowed in any University housing areas.
Signs, Road Cones, and Parking Meters
It is very difficult to tell the difference between illegal roadway, street and/or exit signs and parking meters from those that are legally purchased. With that in mind, any type of roadway, street and/or exit signs, road cones and parking meters are not allowed in any on-campus housing. You will be asked to remove theses items. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
Each spring you will be given the opportunity to sign up at a pre-announced time and place for your desired housing assignment for the next year. You must to be eligible to live in the housing unit for which you sign up. There are two ways that you can lose this assignment: 1) by not completing a housing application before the halls close at the end of the Spring semester and 2) by not making your first room and board payment by June 1st. However, due to the fact that the Campus Life and Housing Office must sometimes make necessary changes, room preferences are not guaranteed.
The Campus Life and Housing staff are committed to the well-being of all residents, programming, policy enforcement and the overall building supervision. Students are expected to comply with the directions of Campus Life and Housing Staff in accordance with their duties. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
Campus Life and Housing staff:
Resident Advisors (RAs) – are responsible for different areas within each residence hall complex. They have been trained by the University to assist you with whatever concerns you may have. The responsibility of the staff is to help residents maintain a safe and pleasant atmosphere for study, recreation, social and educational development during your stay at LSSU. In addition, the RAs are experienced residents, who have spent considerable time “learning the ropes” of living and working on campus. Your staff member can save you both time and effort in resolving issues and concerns.
Do not hesitate to seek a RA if you need assistance at any time. If you are unsure of whom your RA is, please contact the Campus Life and Housing Office for assistance.
In addition to the responsibility described above, RAs are responsible for enforcing residence hall regulations and policies. These regulations and policies, which are examined and revised periodically, are designed to provide students with the best possible living and learning environment. You are asked to cooperate with the RAs in protecting both your rights and those of fellow students.
Resident Success Coach – provide academic support to the residents in their areas. Resident Success Coaches provide academic programming to assist students in succeeding academically.
Residence Hall Coordinator – Oversee the day-to-day operations and student staff in the residence halls. The Residence Hall Coordinators reside on campus and are full-time employees of the university and are located in Brady Hall, Osborn Hall, and upper-class housing. Office hours will be posted for each of the halls. Students residing in these areas will have access to the coordinator for questions, comments and/or concerns.
Student ID Cards
Student ID Cards
If you lose your student identification card, please be sure to check with Public Safety and the Campus Life and Housing Office to see if it has been turned in. There is a $15 charge for a replacement card. Must have an alternative form of identification to obtain a replacement student identification card.
All areas of the residence halls are tobacco free. As such, tobacco items must not be visible or used in the residence hall areas. Use of tobacco products (including vaping) will result in a minimum fine of $50.
Please refer to the complete Tobacco Policy – (lssu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1.16.pdf)
If you need to withdraw from school for any reason, be sure to complete the checkout procedure and check with the Registrar’s Office (and Financial Aid, if applicable) for the procedure for dropping classes. The Campus Life and Housing Office handles all withdrawals/cancellations from University housing. Please contact the Campus Life and Housing Office for the most current refund schedule.
August 9, 2020 to August 15, 2020 – 90% refund
August 16, 2020 to September 5, 2020 – 50% refund
September 6, 2020 to October 3, 2020 – 25% refund
Residence Hall Rules and Regulations
Alcohol, Drugs or Illegal Substances
Unauthorized possession, use, manufacture, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages on or in University property is prohibited.
Brady, Osborn, and The Village are alcohol-free residence halls. This means, regardless of age, alcohol is NOT permitted in these buildings at any time. Residents and guests in these areas may not store or possess alcohol, including empty containers of alcohol; this includes containers used as decorations.
Alcohol is permitted in other residential units providing that all occupants and guests are at least 21 years of age. Residential units in the Townhouses, Apartments and Row Houses (please note living-learning communities housed in Row Houses may be subject to stricter policies) are defined as individual bedrooms unless all occupants are over 21. The alcohol policy will be enforced on a room-by-room basis in the Townhouses, Apartments and Row Houses. Adjustments may be made to individual Row Houses based on the number of occupants over the age of 21 and the decision of the advisor.
The following are prohibited:
- Empty alcohol bottles are not permitted and must be disposed of in a timely manner.
- Kegs (even empty) are not allowed in any residences on campus.
- Alcohol paraphernalia (i.e. any device used for mass consumption of alcohol).
- Manufacturing any type of alcohol is not allowed at any time in any university housing units.
Empty alcohol containers and paraphernalia will be confiscated during inspections, break periods or at any time a resident is found violating the alcohol policy. If at any time the policy is violated, all students present, regardless of age, will be subject to disciplinary action.
Violations of the alcohol policy and/or state law will be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, documentation, relocation or removal from housing and parent notification. Below is an outline of possible sanctions to expect if you are in violation of the alcohol policy.
Possible Sanctions for Students Violating Alcohol Policy
|First Offense||Second Offense||Third Offense||Fourth Offense|
|Alcohol Education||Alcohol Education||Counseling Referral||University Suspension (min. 1 year)|
|Documentation Filed||Counseling Referral||University Probation or Suspension (min. 1 year)||Counseling and additional development requirements for reinstatement|
|Minimum $50 fine||Minimum $100 fine||Minimum $200 fine||Minimum $250 fine|
|Possible Relocation or Removal from Housing||Possible Relocation or Removal from Housing||Removal from University Housing||Parent Notification|
|Parent Notification||Parent Notification Documentation||Parent Notification||Documentation Filed|
|Possible Community Service||Possible Community Service||Possible Community Service||Possible Community Service|
Drugs or Illegal Substances
Violators will be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action that may result in removal from University housing and possible dismissal from Lake Superior State University.
The possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of any illegal substance is prohibited in any building or on any property owned and/or controlled by the University. Violations of the drug/illegal substance policy or state law will be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, documentation, community service, educational sessions, counseling referral, relocation or removal from housing and parent notification.
Given the requirements and parameters of several federal laws, the use or possession of marijuana, including marijuana prescribed for medicinal purposes, is not permitted on the campus of Lake Superior State University.
The federal Controlled Substances Act prohibits the possession, manufacturing, dispensing, and distribution of marijuana. The federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 prohibit the use or possession of marijuana on campus. As a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on campus in order to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations. There is no “medical necessity” exception for marijuana under federal law. Federal law supersedes state law where they are in conflict.
Automobiles and Parking
Automobiles and Parking
All campus residents are allowed to have one vehicle on campus.
Motorcycles – Motorcycles, mini bikes, motorbikes, etc. pose a safety hazard in the residence halls. Therefore, they cannot be stored or repaired in a student room or apartment or in the common areas of the residence halls at any time. Public Safety personnel will remove any that are found in the halls and the owner will be responsible for any fines and labor to remove such items.
Parking Committee – The parking committee meets on a regular basis. This committee allows students an opportunity to appeal parking citations received on campus. Further information can be obtained from the campus Public Safety Office at ext. 2100.
Please refer to lssu.edu/public-safety/parking/ for the complete parking rules and regulations.
Bicycles and Bicycle Storage
Bicycles and Bicycle Storage
You are welcome to bring your bike to campus and outside racks are provided for you to use. We recommend that you use a lock when your bike is in the rack. You are encouraged to register your bike with Public Safety, at no charge, in case of loss.
During the winter months, bicycle racks are moved to allow for snow plowing. We recommend that you take your bike home at Thanksgiving. Winter bicycle storage will also be available at announced times/days.
Information on bicycle storage will be made available in October. For safety reasons bicycles cannot be stored in the common areas (e.g., corridors, lounges, stairwells, etc.) of the residence halls. Public Safety will remove any bike found in a common area.
All bicycles must be removed from outside bike racks by December 1st and will be allowed to return once snow clears. Any bicycles left outside will have the lock cut and taken to Public Safety. Bicycles cannot be chained to anything other than a bike rack.
Should any student come across or in contact with any bodily fluids in a public area, please contact any Campus Life and Housing staff member or Public Safety immediately so that custodial support can address the situation and minimize the risk of contact with blood-borne pathogens.
Damage Control Policy
Damage Control Policy
It is everyone’s responsibility to keep all areas of the residence halls in the best condition possible. In order to be fair to everyone, anyone responsible for damage to a room and/or apartment or a common area will make financial restitution. Damage Responsibility forms are available at the Campus Life and Housing Office.
Every attempt is made to be fair in the assessment of damages and in discovering the person(s) responsible. The initial condition of the rooms is noted when students move in. All rooms and/or apartments will be inspected periodically by the Campus Life and Housing staff through Health and Safety inspections. All residents are responsible for maintaining their rooms and/or apartments in a clean and orderly manner.
If you are leaving the residence hall system, charges for damages are deducted from the damage deposit that you paid prior to checking into the living units. If you will be returning to the residence halls for the next academic year, you will be billed for the damages and the deposit will be retained as a guarantee against future breakage or damage. The damage deposit less any money owed to the University will be refunded when you leave the residence halls permanently. Refunds will be processed after inspection of the units.
Charges will be made to all occupants of a room, apartment, and/or building for damages, unless those responsible are identified and take responsibility for specified damages. Damages, which have not been accounted for during the year, will be assessed equally to the remaining occupants at the end of the year. Maintenance and housekeeping deficiencies, charges for broken fixtures, and damages to rooms and apartments are noted during inspections and fines may be levied. Charges for common area damages, such as vandalism or theft of hall fixtures, will be equally assessed to all residents of the living unit unless the person or persons responsible are identified and assume full responsibility.
If you know who is responsible for residence hall damages tell your RA, RHC, or the Campus Life and Housing Office. We would rather charge only the individual(s) responsible for the damage, and we need your information in order to do so. In order to charge an individual for specific damage: 1) the student must admit responsibility for the damage, or 2) the Campus Life and Housing Office determines by some other means that an individual is responsible for the damage. If none of these criteria are met, the cost is divided among all occupants.
Students who are guilty of deliberate damage are subject to disciplinary action. Noncompliance with cleaning guidelines can lead to fine assessments and/or disciplinary action. Prices for damages are decided based on the extent and the needs to fix/replace the damaged property.
In order to avoid frozen pipes when temperatures are below freezing, residents must keep their unit windows closed and thermostats (where applicable) set at a minimum of 60 degrees (note: during breaks you will be asked to set your temperature higher). Residents may be liable for any damages caused by open windows resulting in frozen/broken pipes.
While we encourage you to personalize your room as much as possible, painting of any room or University property is not allowed.
Entry and Search Procedures
Entry and Search Procedures
Lake Superior State University recognizes and respects the rights of its students to have privacy with respect to their personal belongings. The University also recognizes its responsibility to protect the health and safety of all members of the University community. University staff (RA, RHC or other appropriate official) reserves the right to enter University rooms and apartments under any of the following circumstances:
- When there is an immediate threat to the health and safety of the occupants or the University property,
- With permission of the resident of that room/apartment/suite,
- With a search warrant,
- By University personnel in the course of utilizing recognized legal authority of their responsibilities as University employees,
- By residence hall or public safety staff when there is a probable cause to believe that a University regulation has been broken or where there is a specific indication of danger in a student room or apartment,
- By University personnel and their designated agents for repair, replacement or inspection of University property,
- By an RA to complete closing and check-out procedures,
- Health and Safety inspections,
- During routine fire drills and scheduled inspections, or
- During non-residency periods, such as between semesters, rooms are the sole property of the University and not the residents. University staff will conduct routine inspections and maintenance activities from time to time. The University reserves the right to remove from the room, without the resident’s permission, any objects or materials which constitute a health or safety hazard or are the property of the University. The University does not assume responsibility for items of a personal nature that are damaged, lost or stolen.
To further promote building safety, the propping of any locked entrance and/or exit doors is prohibited at all times. Residents are encouraged, for their own safety and security, to lock their room doors.
Please report any problems with doors or closures immediately to the Campus Life and Housing Office (x2411) or Public Safety (x2100).
One of the best ways to prevent theft is to keep your doors locked when you are out of the room. Theft, no matter how trivial, should be reported immediately to the Public Safety Office if you think your room has been entered at any time by unauthorized people. Public Safety recommends that you record the serial numbers and take pictures of any equipment and other belongings to make it easier to identify and for insurance purposes. Giving your key to another individual is a violation of policy and may result in a $50 fine.
Students are required to comply fully with all University fire safety regulations. All students are to become familiar with the Fire Safety Policy. A Fire Safety Policy booklet is online and available to all students. The University will conduct inspections from time to time to ensure compliance.
Please review full policy – Fire Evacuation Policy located in the Emergency Procedures section of this handbook.
Electrical, Telephone and Fire Detection Systems
A minimum $50 fine will be assessed to any individual changing or otherwise tampering with University-owned electrical, telephone, or fire detection systems.
Fire safety is of great concern to the University. Fire regulations in the residence halls are designed for everyone’s safety. Halogen lamps, propane, air gas cylinders, candles, wax warmers, oil lamps, burning incense, charcoal lighting fluid or any other open flame devices or combustible materials are not allowed in University housing. Paper materials must be kept to a minimum. Real Christmas trees are not allowed. The use or possession of fireworks, other explosives and potentially harmful chemicals is also prohibited in the residence halls and in their immediate vicinity. Individuals who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action, which may result in dismissal from Lake Superior State University.
No personal grills are allowed in any on-campus living area, inside or out. This includes all electric, gas, propane, or charcoal grills.
There are public charcoal grills located near The Village, Apartments, and Townhouses. Only instant light charcoal briquettes may be used in LSSU public grills and stored in the on-campus housing. No charcoal lighter fluid is allowed in any on-campus living area, inside or out.
Firearms, Ammunition, Weapons and Explosives
Firearms, Ammunition, Weapons and Explosives
Weapons, for the purposes of this policy, are defined as: (1) a loaded or unloaded firearm or bow/crossbow, whether operable or inoperable, (2) a knife or stabbing instrument longer than 3 inches, brass knuckles, blackjack, club, or other object specifically designed or customarily carried or possessed for use as a weapon, (3) an object that is likely to cause death or bodily injury when used as a weapon and that is used as a weapon or carried or possessed for use as a weapon, or (4) an object or device that is used or fashioned in a manner to lead a person to believe the object or device is a firearm or an object which is likely to cause death or bodily injury.
Residence Hall and University apartment residents may register and store weapons, ammunition and used ammunition at the Department of Public Safety and may possess such weapons on property owned or controlled by the University just long enough to deliver and retrieve the weapons from the Department of Public Safety. Persons shall park in D lot (visitor and Public Safety spots are available) and walk directly to Public Safety. The firearms are to be brought to the Public Safety building, unloaded and in a gun case. Archery equipment is to be unloaded and knives are to be sheathed. When reclaiming weapons from Public Safety individuals must, likewise, park in D lot, place the weapon in their vehicle and immediately leave campus.
Firearms, ammunition, explosives, air pistols, blow guns, and bow and arrows of any kind are not permitted in any on-campus housing at any time.
Please refer to the complete Weapons Policy
Harassment, Bullying, and Intimidation
Harassment, Bullying, and Intimidation
In order to succeed personally and academically, all residents must be able to live free from unnecessary emotional stress caused by others. Physical and verbal harassment, including harassment based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religious preference, etc. will not be tolerated in a residence life community. Should a resident be found responsible for harassing, bullying, and/or intimidating another resident, strict disciplinary action will be taken immediately, possibly resulting in removal from on-campus housing.
Witnesses or victims of harassment, bullying, and/or intimidation should report it to a Campus Life and Housing staff member or Public Safety immediately.
Pets are not allowed in any on-campus housing except non-aggressive fish in a tank no larger than 30 gallons.
Students found with pet(s) other than the exceptions in university-owned housing will have 24 hours to remove the pet(s) and may be subject to a fine of up to $50 per day if they do not remove the pet(s) promptly. A follow-up inspection will occur to verify removal.
Students who wish to request service or emotional support animal to stay with them should contact the Campus Life and Housing Office for further information regarding the formal approval process. You must be approved prior to bringing the animal into University housing.
Posting/Advertising in the Residence Communities
Posting/Advertising in the Residence Communities
University individuals or groups, non-profit organizations, and businesses may advertise in the residence communities in accordance with these guidelines. These guidelines reflect the commitment of Residential Life to assure their residents some degree of privacy by restricting access to student living areas.
Promoting an event in the Residence Halls:
- To advertise your event on the bulletin boards in the residence communities, bring 20 posters, flyers, or other printed material for each event to the Campus Life and Housing Office. After approval, these materials may be posted in each residence community.
- Campus Life and Housing will not post information for non-residence community events and activities on residence community floors. Residential Life Staff will remove materials that do not meet these guidelines and items that promote the use of alcohol or other drugs or that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, veteran’s status, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status due to receipt of public assistance.
To support resident safety, the department has adopted the following guidelines for individuals or groups who wish to engage in solicitation.
- Commercial Solicitation – Commercial solicitation is defined as any activity which is based on the primary function of promoting a business, program or event which is conducted for profit.
- No commercial solicitation is allowed in the residence halls or buildings either by company representatives or students acting on their behalf.
- Advertising for local businesses is restricted within the residence halls.
- Non-Commercial Solicitation – Non-commercial solicitation is defined as any activity not conducted for profit which has as its primary function the promotion of a business, program, or event.
- Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Donations without products or services being rendered,
- Activities which raise funds through the direct sale of merchandise or services for the benefit of university or non-university charitable organizations, or
- Door-to-door promotion of University-related activities or events.
- Non-commercial solicitation may occur subject to the following regulations:
- Charities may have to verify their non-commercial standing to the satisfaction of the University.
- Solicitors must be members of a Lake Superior State University Student Government, a member of the Big 7 student organization, or a university department.
- Solicitation must be limited to designated common areas of the residence communities.
- Approval must be granted by the Residence Hall Coordinator at least 48 hours in advance.
- Solicitation is restricted to the hours of 8 am – 10 pm
- Political Campaigning – Political Campaigning is not permitted in the residence halls.
Sports of any kind are NOT to be played inside any of the residential halls. These include, but are not limited to: football, hockey, ladder golf, catch, frisbee, running, etc. If anyone is found violating this policy, they may be subject to disciplinary sanctions.
Rollerblading, Skateboarding, Hoverboards and Scooters
Rollerblading, skateboarding, and scooters are not permitted in any University building. All skaters shall keep all wheels on pavement at all times. All stunts or acrobatics are prohibited due to the potential for injuries and property damage.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services
Basic health care services are available on campus at the LSSU Health CARE Center. The Health CARE Center is located at 621 W. Easterday Ave. across from Brady Hall. The center is staffed by healthcare professionals. Consultation and referral to physicians is available through the center. Nursing professionals are available most days between 8 am and 5 pm. You may phone the center at 635-2110 (on campus, ext. 2110) anytime during office hours to make an appointment.
Devices with needles must be used and immediately discarded after use, un-recapped, into an accessible sharps containers. For safety, anyone who uses needles, for any reason, is asked to obtain a sharps container from the Health CARE Center (x2110). When full, or on a timely basis, they can be returned to the Health CARE Center for disposal and a new container obtained.
Safety and Security
Inspections- Health and Safety
Inspections- Health and Safety
In the interest of maintaining a healthy and safe living environment, all on-campus housing units will be periodically inspected for cleanliness, fire safety equipment, and maintenance issues. Advanced notice may be given prior to each inspection. Failure to correct health and safety items may result in disciplinary action.
The Public Safety Office provides 24-hour service for the convenience of students. The office is located at the west end of the Administration Building. Staff may be reached anytime on campus by dialing x2100. Public Safety staff can also be reached by phone from off campus any time by dialing 906-635-2100.
In case of an extreme emergency, dial 911 or 9-911 from an on-campus phone.
Violators will be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action that may result in removal from University housing and possible dismissal from Lake Superior State University. All stolen property and accounts of theft should be reported to Public Safety.
Window Screens and Windows
Window Screens and Windows
For the safety of residents, screens should not be removed from the windows. There is a $50 minimum fine for removing your screen. If you have a maintenance problem with your screen please call for maintenance at x2411. Be sure to close windows when asked by the Campus Life and Housing Office. Otherwise, if damages occur, you will be held responsible for the cost.
Resident Advisor Duty Phone Numbers
Resident Advisor Duty Phone Numbers
For your convenience, the Resident Advisors carry duty phones so that they may easily be reached during non-business hours. Please see below of exact hours.
Brady Hall, Osborn Hall and The Village Duty Phone Hours:
- Sunday – Saturday: 8 pm – 6 am
Brady Hall: 906-630-0768 – Osborn Hall: 906-630-1142 – The Village: 906-630-0971
Upper-Class Area (Apartment, Townhouses, Row Houses) Duty Phone Hours:
- Sunday – Saturday: 8 pm – 6 am
Upper-Class Area: 906-630-0991
Fire Fighting Equipment and Fire Drill Procedures
Fire Fighting Equipment and Fire Drill Procedures
Fire alarms, extinguishers and smoke detectors are placed in University housing for your protection against fires. It is against the law (Michigan Comp. Laws Section 16607) to use them for any other purpose. If it is determined that tampering has occurred, disciplinary action will be taken that may include, but may not be limited to, fines, expulsion from housing, etc. Residents discharging a fire extinguisher needlessly, turning on false fire alarms, or tampering with smoke detectors and/or fire alarms will face serious disciplinary action by the University as well as possible action by state and federal officials. A minimum of $50 is assessed. Violations of this nature could result in termination of campus residence and/or expulsion from Lake Superior State University. When a fire extinguisher has been discharged, please report it immediately to your RA, RHC, custodians, Public Safety, or to the Campus Life and Housing Office.
Fire Drill Evacuations – Public Safety performs periodic fire drills in residential housing throughout the year. At the sound of the fire alarm vacate the room/apartment and the building immediately. Move quietly and orderly out the nearest exit and away from the building at least 50 feet beyond the outside door to the designated meeting area for your building.
The building should not be re-occupied until an authorized all-clear signal is given. You can then re-enter the building. This process is easiest if everyone moves quietly and orderly back through the same door, that they left the building.
For your own safety and that of everyone else in the building, you are required to comply with all fire drills. Anyone not evacuating a building will face disciplinary sanctions consisting of community service or other sanctions as deemed applicable.
Fire Evacuation Locations
- Brady Hall – between Brady Hall and the Administration Building
- Osborn Hall – between Osborn Hall and the Campus Shop (Barnes and Noble)
- The Village – North side of Barnes and Noble between Arts Center and Campus Shop
- Row Houses (Living Learning Communities) – between Kenneth Shouldice Library and Administration Building and/or Northwest corner of F Lot
- Neveu Hall – across parking S Lot and Neveu Hall
- Moloney Hall – across parking S Lot and Moloney Hall
- Townhouses – Southwest corner of parking T Lot
- Easterday House – Northwest corner of G Lot
If there is an emergency, please call 911 from an off-campus phone or (9-911) from a campus phone. (Off-campus calls from an on-campus phone require you to dial a 9 first.)
Dining on Campus
The Campus Meal Plan is a comprehensive dining program that combines a computerized meal card system with the added flexibility of dining in many locations throughout campus. All resident students are required to select a meal plan. Meal plans are required for all students in on campus housing.
For hours of operation visit the web at lssu.sodexomyway.com or call x2541.
Community and Courtesy
Escort hours for Brady Hall and Osborn Hall are 10 pm – 9 am seven days a week. If you are not a resident of these buildings you must be accompanied by a resident of the building during these hours. Failure to follow this policy may result in a fine.
Residents are allowed to have guests at any time. All residents are expected to respect the rights and privacy of their roommates, and visitors of the opposite and same gender may not be entertained without the expressed permission of the roommate(s), including significant others. Any non-student guests must also have their vehicles registered with Public Safety and be parked in the proper parking lots. Guests must be escorted between the public areas of the hall and the resident’s room after the posted escort hours.
Guests are required to carry picture ID, remain with their host and use only appropriate bathrooms. If a guest uses the wrong bathroom, the host and visitor may be held accountable through disciplinary action. Residents are responsible for their guests and must ensure that they follow all rules and regulations while in the residence halls. Residents will be charged for any damages done by their guest.
Guests are allowed to stay a maximum of three (3) days per week, with roommate(s) permission. Guests that stay longer than three (3) days per week and up to six (6) nights per month, will be considered cohabitating which is not permitted on University property. The Residence Hall Coordinator must approve longer visits. Your roommate(s) must consent to visitors, please remember to respect their space and limit inconveniences. It is helpful to discuss guests with your roommates while completing your Roommate Agreement. Guests must check in with the Residence Hall Coordinator and will be given a pass for their visit in the residence hall.
The University reserves the right to limit the frequency of guest visits.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, off campus guests are not currently permitted in residence halls.
Quiet hours are intended to promote a pleasant learning environment in the halls in which students can sleep or study when they want. Quiet hours are in effect from 10 pm -10 am, Sunday through Thursday and from 12 am -10 am on Friday and Saturday. Courtesy hours are to be followed during non-quiet hours. Courtesy hours mean that you are respectful of those around you and the noise levels are kept at a respectful level so that everyone feels comfortable.
The Campus Life and Housing Office has developed a quiet wing or tower in Brady, Osborn and The Village. The residents assigned to the quiet wing/tower will be expected to live under 24-hour quiet hours. Neveu Hall is a 24-hour quiet Residence Hall. All residence halls will observe 24-hour quiet hours during the final exam period each semester.
During quiet hours all residents are requested to refrain from noisy activities and are subject to disciplinary sanctions for violation of the policy.
In a community-living situation, each resident impacts the health, safety and enjoyment of others in their living space. Therefore, you are responsible for keeping your room reasonably clean. Cleaning equipment and supplies are limited, you may wish to purchase your own.
To ensure a reasonable level of health and safety, all rooms and apartments are inspected periodically by the Campus Life and Housing Office staff through Health and Safety inspections.
Roommate Bill of Rights
Roommate Bill of Rights
Your enjoyment of life in a residence hall will depend, to a large extent, on the thoughtful consideration that you have for your roommate(s).
Basic rights of a roommate include:
- The right to read and study free from undue interference in your room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions can keep you from enjoying this right.
- The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of your roommate, etc.
- The right to expect that a roommate will respect your personal belongings.
- The right to a clean environment in which to live.
- The right to free access to your room and facilities without pressure from a roommate.
- The right to personal privacy.
- The right to host guests, with the expectation that guests are to respect the rights of your roommate and other hall residents.
- The right for redress of grievances. Residence hall staff are available for assistance in settling conflicts.
- The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
- The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of the room telephone and a commitment to honor agreed payment procedures.
Remember: To be a mature adult is to accept responsibility for the welfare of others. Only you can assure that your roommate enjoys these rights.
All residents will be required to complete and sign a roommate agreement form with their roommates stating that they will abide by the Roommate Bill of Rights.
Finally, take time to fill out your roommate agreement form. Sitting down and discussing these details with your roommate(s) at the beginning of the year will help everybody have a better understanding of the living expectations for the school year. Remember, this form can be revisited and adjusted at any time throughout the year to create a better living environment and supportive network of friends.